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The Must List: Week of March 15, 2009

Jackie Earle Haley in ”Watchmen,” Russell Brand’s ”Booky Wook,” the Roots on ”Late Night,” and 12 more make up the countdown of pop culture gems you and the EW staff love this week

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Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen
Clay Enos

MOVIES
JACKIE EARLE HALEY in ‘Watchmen’
As the ferocious Rorschach, ex-child star Haley proves his comeback is no fluke. Both scary and empathetic, Haley doesn’t rest on superpowers to tell the tale. He just turns in a kick-ass performance.

DVD
PENÉLOPE CRUZ, in ‘Elegy’
Yes, she’s lovely, but they hardly pass out Oscars for that. Her other great performance of 2008 is on DVD — and it takes talent to imbue a throwaway hot-chick role with the depth she shows here.

BOOKS
MY BOOKY WOOK, by Russell Brand
He’s best known as the bizarrely coiffed British lothario from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but as this memoir attests, Brand is loads more interesting than that. Brand may frequently run afoul of taste — he caused a scandal at the BBC last year — but he’s one hell of a yarn spinner.

TV
ANGEL OF DEATH on Crackle.com
Ed Brubaker’s 10-episode series is all about Eve (Zoë Bell), a killer who can take a life, a punch, or a knife to the head. Yeah, the head.

TV
BETTER OFF TED
In this economy, it’s better to laugh at someone else’s job. ABC’s new workplace comedy is clever and has Portia de Rossi (you like her).

MOVIES
PUBLIC ENEMIES trailer
Hat rakishly tilted, machine gun at the ready, Johnny Depp looks like he’s having a blast playing bank robber John Dillinger in the Michael Mann drama, also starring Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. Between this and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, we’ve got two gritty period shoot-’em-ups to look forward to this year.

TV
JULIET AND SAWYER on ‘Lost’
If the time-traveling, biblical sci-fi conundrum of a TV show had an It Couple, we’d nominate Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway). After all the tension, they finally became the loving and happy pair they were meant to be. Of course, that was before old flame Kate (Evangeline Lilly) came back…

MUSIC
RADIOHEAD REISSUES
We don’t do peer pressure. So we won’t say that a real fan would get these, even if they already owned the tracks. Or that a true believer would spring for the deluxe editions. We’re so not like that.

TV
THE ROOTS
Has there ever been a cooler house band? Fans of Phrenology and Game Theory will dig seeing them as the musical accompaniment on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they bust out some tasty original tunes.

READER’S CHOICE: TV
CHUCK
Chuck (Zachary Levi) may be the titular spy on the NBC comedy, but it’s the supporting cast’s show. Without his fed handlers and store co-workers, particularly Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Chuck would be just another underachieving geek in retail. —Submitted by Daniel

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
ZOOEY DESCHANEL TRAILERS
She looks amazing in trailers for Gigantic and 500 Days of Summer…so nice to see the quirky actress back in her indie form! —Sean

READER’S CHOICE: TV
THE ABBOTT FAMILY on ‘The Young and the Restless’
Jack and Billy are the best pair of brothers since Planet Terror‘s J.T. and the Sheriff. Give them some love, seriously. —Sina

READER’S CHOICE: TV
CRAIG FERGUSON
Forget the over-hyped Jimmy Fallon. This guy keeps bringing effortless fun and spontaneity night after night. —Lars

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
SPINAL TAP: UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED TOUR
Just got my tickets for Columbus! Woo! —Julie

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
NEW TRAILER FOR ‘TERMINATOR: SALVATION’
It gives a much better idea of what’s going on, but I still think there’s plenty more to see. —Torin